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May 2020

Advancements in Soldering Technology

There is more happening in the solder and soldering technology space than one might think. In this issue, we chart the flux and flow of advancements in soldering.

January 2019

Supply Chain in Crisis

Component supplies, prices, and lead times are in a great deal of turmoil due to a sustained increase in demand for parts, pricing pressures on manufacturers, and premature parts obsolescence. All these factors wreak havoc on electronics manufacturing.

September 2017

Rework & Repair

There are many challenges when it comes to the rework and repair of PCB assemblies. This month, our technical authors highlight the strategies they suggest to improve the process.

May 2016

Reducing Handling Errors

This month, SMT Magazine features strategies to help reduce handling errors and improve efficiencies in your assembly lines.

January 2015

Structural Electronics and 3D Printing

It’s a new year, and we’re celebrating by focusing on a new, up-and-coming technology that could have a real effect on our industry: structural electronics.

September 2014


This month, a few of our feature contributors examine the impact of automation on PCB assembly, from quality concerns to cost savings, while others take on the role of robots. Don’t miss this comprehensive coverage of automation for PCB assembly.

April 2020

Digital Factory Implementation, Part 2

We continue our exploration of implementation details for smart factories with resources and ongoing examples demonstrating that the real innovation in a smart factory comes from your business practices. Don't miss our exclusive in-depth conversation with aviation design superstar Burt Rutan following his IPC APEX EXPO 2020 keynote.

December 2018

IPC APEX EXPO 2019 Preview

The electronics manufacturing industry continues to grow and change, and there’s no better place to participate in the excitement than at IPC APEX EXPO 2019. In this issue we preview the show, the new events, exhibitions, new technologies, awards, competitions, and standards work.

August 2017

Assembly Training and Education

This month, we take a look into the importance of workforce training and education on the continuous improvement of the PCB assembly process.

April 2016

Process Engineering

This month, SMT Magazine features strategies for improving process engineering to achieve an efficient, reliable, and reproducible assembly and manufacturing processes.

January 2013


The January issue contains an interesting mix of feature articles chosen to help you manage your business.

August 2014

Printed Electronics Assembly

Printed electronic circuits have been in development for years, but PEC has only recently achieved commercial acceptance. And most technologists have more questions than answers about PEC.

March 2020

Smart Factory Implementation

In part 1 on this subject, while we set out to explore implementation details for smart factory concepts and expected to talk about sensors and protocols it became clear as we dug deeper, that, in the end, the real smart factory innovation involves your business practices.

November 2018

Medical Electronics: Connected Healthcare

Whether or not you believe this is a golden age for medical devices, there’s no denying that the amount of innovation underway in medical electronics is staggering.

July 2017

Military & Aerospace

In this issue we look into the latest technology trends, new manufacturing challenges, and outlook for the military and aerospace markets, and how they are impacting the PCB assembly industry.

March 2016

Strategies for Increasing Profit

The March issue features strategies for building the highest yield on the lowest cost possible to provide the greatest value to your customers.

February 2013

Coating and Cleaning

Coating and Cleaning are the two focuses in this month's edition of SMT. Learn how to make good decisions in this issue.

July 2014

Tin Whiskers

This month, our resident SMT experts take on the phenomenon of tin whisker, from a comprehensive breakdown of its formation to risk management. Don’t miss this issue!

February 2020

Fine Pitch

While this issue may be about finer pitches in manufacturing and packaging, to successfully manufacture circuit boards in this time of shrinking components and board features, the secret is to ensure success with the solder joints.

October 2018

CFX: The Foundation of Industry 4.0

The PCB assembly industry is edging closer to the true vision of Industry 4.0. With IPC’s Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) standard—a common machine communications standard for the electronics assembly supply chain—electronics manufacturing is on its way to become even smarter.

June 2017

The Need for 3D Inspection

This month we look into the myriad challenges in inspection, and highlights the need for newer AOI technologies to improve production yields and ensure reliability.

February 2016

What's New?

This issue of SMT Magazine features the latest technology and process developments happening in the SMT, PCB assembly and EMS industries, and what to expect in the future.

March 2013

Legislation and Environmental Issues

Our March issue includes several articles on the subject of Legislation and Environmental issues.

June 2014

Thermal Management

SMT Magazine turns up the heat this month with features focused on thermal management from AT&S, Dow Corning and Heraeus Precious Metals.

January 2020

IPC APEX EXPO 2020 Preview

IPC APEX EXPO celebrates 20 years, which makes the event’s history a 21st-century story. In this issue, you will find the history, the present, and the future of the electronics manufacturing industry.

September 2018


Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence (AI), automation, virtual reality/augmented reality/mixed reality (VR/AR/MR)—and now extended reality (XR)—these are just a few of the trends that are expected to shape the world we are living in today. How will these megatrends impact PCB manufacturing and assembly?

May 2017

Help Wanted - Growing Your Team

This month, we explore the challenge of finding the right talent in the electronics manufacturing industry.

January 2016

Medical Electronics

We examined the medical market to learn what impact it has on the electronics industry and where it might be in five years. This issue also covers key trends driving medical electronics and the challenges and opportunities in the industry.

April 2013

SMT Assembly Processes Part I: Stencil Printing

SMT Assembly Processes Part I: Stencil Printing. This is the first part of our two-part series on assembly processes.

May 2014

Test & Inspection

Be it X-rays, drop shock performance or tweaking test fixtures to meet today's needs, we've got it covered in this issue...

December 2019

What You Need to Know

No matter your age or experience level, we all need to be continuous learners. In this issue we bring you some of the newest and highest impact topics. Read about insightful industry perspectives.

August 2018


To clean or not to clean, that is the question...whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer outrageous field failures or take arms against a sea of particles! Alas, cleaning PCB assemblies raises many pros and cons. This issue of SMT007 Magazine will help you decide whether to clean, or not clean your PCB assemblies.

April 2017

Achieving Soldering Excellence

It is of the utmost importance that the soldering process should be perfect. But soldering is just too complex a process, and further complicating the situation, the requirements and technologies vary between our industry’s market segments.

December 2015

Making the Connection: Associations

The spotlight this month is on industry associations, their goals, pivotal roles in technology advancements in EMS and SMT industries, and how they are helping their members on their journey to manufacturing success.

May 2013

SMT Assembly Processes Part II

SMT Assembly Processes Part II: The Soldering Technology Edition. This is the 2nd part of our two-part series on assembly processes.

April 2014

Assembly III

In Part 3 of our assembly process series, SMT Magazine uncovers what happens after the soldering process in an issue devoted to cleaning and coating. 

November 2019

From My Point of View

This month, we embark on a tour of the industry, capturing different perspectives and bringing them to the fore. Sometimes, the best view of an industry or a community is through individual experiences. In this issue, we talk to members of the electronics industry who were willing to share their voices and points of view.

July 2018

Practicing Best Practices

While it is not set in stone, following best practices helps ensure manufacturing excellence. This month we look at best practices in the PCB assembly industry and how to incorporate them into your own manufacturing environment.

March 2017

The Wide World of Flex

We take a look into the different challenges that assemblers face when dealing with flex circuits, and highlights strategies to address them in this issue.

November 2015

THE DATA FACTOR(Y): Looking at the Industrial Internet

This month we explore how the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), data, and  analytics can help electronics assemblers take their manufacturing processes to the next level.

June 2013


This month, SMT Magazine features articles by industry experts on high-reliability issues facing a range of sectors: mil/aero, medical, counterfeit components, and more!

February 2014


SMT Assembly, Part 1: It might be a short month, but we’re not short on features—contributed by leading industry experts from Shea Engineering Services, Nordson ASYMTEK, DEK, and Universal Instruments Corp.

October 2019

The Landscape of the Industry

With so many new and emerging market drivers and influences—from technology to new product applications, environmental and government pressures, and human factors, such as staffing and expertise—the landscape of the industry is undergoing multiple changes.

June 2018

Flex Circuit Assembly

Manufacturers are having to navigate critical challenges that rock their boat when faced with assembling flexible printed circuits.

February 2017

New Technologies

In this issue we highlight some of the latest technologies aimed at addressing the current manufacturing challenges in the electronics assembly industry.

October 2015

Cycle Time Reduction

In this issue, we offer strategies and technologies that will help electronics assemblers reduce cycle times in their processes to improve their efficiencies and increase their productivity.

July 2013

Thermal Management

The July issue of SMT Magazine is hot! Hot! HOT!

March 2014

Assembly II

In Part 2 of our assembly process series, we help make the connections! This month, solders, soldering & solderless technology are the focus, with features from Flextronics, the Aerospace Corp., and an IPC APEX EXPO preview!

September 2019

Industry Standards

There are rules, and then there are recommendations; one person’s rule might be another person’s recommendation and vice versa. That is where standards come into play. What are they? What do they mean? How do they get specified? And what are the impacts on our industry?

May 2018

5G: Testing the Future Impact

In line with its significant improvement over current generation of wireless technologies, 5G also offers device and systems manufacturers a challenge—electrical and functional testing, among others—as they deal with the technology’s millimeter wave frequencies.

January 2017

Plating and Surface Finishing

We look into the impact of plating and surface finishing in PCB assemblies in this issue. These processes especially effect solderability and solder joint reliability.

September 2015

Cars: The Driving Force in the Electronics Industry

In the "Cars" issue of SMT Magazine we highlight the latest technological advances in automotive electronics and illustrate how this sector is driving the electronics assembly, testing and inspection industries.

August 2013

High Density Packaging

With packages becoming denser all the time, how does this affect the PCB assembly process? In this issue, our expert contributors explain the ins and outs of high-density packaging.

January 2014


It’s all about reliability this month, with features from Trace Labs, Nihon Superior, Cisco BFK Solutions, Steve Williams, and more!

August 2019

Conformal Coatings

In this issue, we look at how the new manufacturing demands are driving change and innovation in conformal coating products, systems, and technologies.

April 2018

Automotive Electronics

A look into the latest developments, challenges, and opportunities in automotive electronics, and why this market continues to drive the overall electronics manufacturing industry.

December 2016

Sales and Marketing

In this issue, we look into the challenges for sales and marketing executives in the PCB assembly industry, and the key attributes of a salesperson, and provide effective sales strategies to use to be successful in this industry.

August 2015

The War on Process Failure

This month, we take on those pesky process failures—from soldering defects and device cleanliness, to challenges of mission-critical product and the link between head-in-pillow defects and warpage. 

September 2013

Test & Measurement

This issue features Julie Silk's article "Brittle Failure in Pb-free BGA Solder Joints"

July 2019

Reliability vs. Failure

It should come as no surprise that solder and solder joints are often at the center of attention in electronics assembly when discussing failures and reliability. Enter “Reliability Man” the hero who must persevere against all the challenges thrown in his path.

March 2018

PCBA 4.0

This month, we examine how Industry 4.0 trends and the increasing power of data impact the PCB assembly industry.

November 2016

The Via Issue

This issue of SMT Magazine looks into the impact of vias on PCB assemblies.

July 2015

Supply Chain Management

This month, SMT Magazine tackles the supply chain—from various approaches to making it work for you, to what history has shown about its many iterations, and how some suppliers are setting the bar very high for the future of supply chain management.

December 2013

Our Columnists Speak

At the end of each year, our contributors look back at the year that was, and make predictions about the upcoming 12 months.

October 2020

Technology Roadmaps

This month (just in time for strategic planning), we talk roadmaps with those who make them and those who use them.

June 2019

Streamlining Assembly

Do we really think that we can speed up existing processes? Will faster workers or a new line with more throughput be enough to grow with the increased demand? Or does this new market require thinking about the capacity problem in a completely new way?

February 2018

Communicating with Your Customers

This month’s issue of SMT007 Magazine highlights the challenges between the customer-supplier relationship, the feedback that matters, and how electronics assemblers ensure 100% customer satisfaction.

October 2016


In this issue we look into what makes a great leader, and the changing roles of the leader in the PCB assembly industry.

June 2015

Test & Inspection

This month, feature contributors from Keysight Technologies, XJTAG, Göpel and Sonoscan shed light on the trends and challenges of test and inspection.

November 2013

Rework, Modification & Repair

No one likes to repair packages. Rework & repair of advanced packages is becoming increasingly complex, not to mention costly. Explore how to repair large area and column grid array assemblies. 

September 2020


As sure as the sun rises, defects cost you resources. They cascade through the product’s life cycle and can affect your company’s reputation. This month, we ask the question, “What are the best methodologies for maximizing manufacturing reliability?”

May 2019


This issue features extensive in-depth discussions with CMs and assemblers representing a wide range of specialties. Learn how these companies help their clients succeed and grow into #happySMTcustomers.

January 2018

New Equipment

SMT007 Magazine looks into the key considerations when investing in new equipment—not just on who’s got the latest and the greatest, but on how people decide what to buy, when to buy it, and how those decisions are made.

September 2016

Military and Aerospace

In this issue we look into the latest military and aerospace electronics technology trends, manufacturing challenges, and outlook, and how they impact the PCB assembly industry.

May 2015

Paste Printing & Component Placement

This month, experts from Flextronics, Ericsson AB, MTEK Consulting AB, and Speedline Technologies contribute to our features focusing on paste printing and component placement. 

October 2013

Lead-Free Developments

Lead-free Developments: It’s been over seven years since RoHS became the law of the land in Europe but many OEMs & EMS companies still find themselves facing increasing challenges related to lead-free processes.

August 2020

Inventory Management

If inventory management is still mostly a manual procedure on your shop floor, then there’s an opportunity to reduce labor, increase efficiencies, and improve profit margins. We take stock of the industry protocols, blockchain solutions, and new inventory management hardware and software.

April 2019

Youth and Technology on the Rise

It's a courageous new world for our industry, the sheer number of new technologies in development will change not only what we build but how we build it. And the brave youth coming up behind us are perfectly willing to make use of these new technologies.

December 2017

Solder Paste Printing

The solder paste printing process accounts for almost 70% of PCB assembly defects. We review the critical factors causing these issues in the solder paste printing operation.

August 2016

Voices of the Industry

We take a pause from covering technology trends, challenges, and next-generation solutions this month. Instead, we are focusing on our readers—to give a voice to their thoughts on the industry, companies, jobs, interests, and even pain points.

April 2015

Soldering Technologies

This month, experts from Indium, Inventec, Vitronics, Micronic Mydata and BEST Inc. weigh in on soldering technologies and solutions, from reliability issues to position accuracy machines and alternatives to polyimide tape, and more!

December 2014

Outlook for 2015

Our year-end issue takes a look forward to 2015, with features from Mentor Graphics, Sanmina, Alpha Circuit and IMI, that discuss the supply chain, SMT advancements and more. 

July 2020

Rethinking Manufacturing

During this COVID-19 outbreak, businesses around the world are rethinking their manufacturing and supply chain strategies. In this issue, we bring you ideas, examples, and resources to help you rethink your own business practices. Join us as we consider the process of rethinking manufacturing.

March 2019

Smart Factory Supply Line

We’ve been building automated factories for quite a while. However, the time has come for smart factories in our segment of the electronics industry. In this issue, we explore smart factories, the technologies required, and the shift in thinking that Industry 4.0 and smart factories will bring to our world.

November 2017

Communication for Manufacturing Improvement

This month we look into the issues facing assemblers when dealing with HDI boards, and highlight why close collaboration and communication with the  designers right from the very start will ensure assembly success.

July 2016

PCBA Test and Inspection

This month, we focus the discussion on test and inspection technologies that help identify PCB assembly defects for the improvement of associated manufacturing processes.

March 2015

Thermal Management

Industry experts from Indium, Mentor Graphics, and Alpha Circuit are on hand this month to guide us through issues related to thermal management, including latest trends, alternative approaches and streamlining PCB thermal design. 

November 2014

Rework & Repair

This month, experts from OK International / Metcal, Ersa GmbH, and BEST Inc. weigh in on rework & repair topics ranging from challenges for mobile devices to new technology for rework systems and more!

June 2020

Lessons Learned: A Shift in Perspective

Responding to rapid changes in our industry and the demands put on it is a test of leadership and corporate skill sets. This issue looks at how we adapt, respond, and change in order to move forward.

February 2019

Selling Your Services

Survival of the fittest is a maxim in business as well as ecology. In any environment with steadily evolving conditions, success strategies must change to stay on top. This month we look at your selling strategies.

October 2017

The Perfect Solder Joint

There are many perspectives and challenges in creating perfect solder joints. We present parameters and strategies that can help assemblers improve their soldering process to achieve reliable solder joints.

June 2016

Solder Paste Printing: Challenges and Solutions

This month, we address the challenges, best practices, and critical factors to consider in solder paste printing amid tighter tolerances and smaller pitches, lines and spaces.

February 2015

Tin Whiskers

This month, SMT Magazine is jam-packed with feature contributors who take on those pesky tin whiskers, with articles from our expert contributors.

October 2014

Alternatives to Soldering

This month, experts from Lockheed Martin and Verdant Electronics present their perspective on cutting-edge alternatives to soldering. Other contributors include CML EurAsia and Jabil Circuits.

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